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Who Are AFCON Top Scorers of All Time?

AFCON Top Scorers of all time

Last Updated on January 3, 2022

AFCON is the biggest football competition in Africa. Over the years we have witnessed many goal scorers in the competition. However, for some reason, there is no decent account of AFCON top scorers of all time. Meanwhile, top scorers in other competitions are lauded.

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For example, the La Liga top scorers, Real Madrid Top Scorers, and highest goalscoring midfielders of all time are all prominent records in football. But the AFCON top scorers of all time is not as prominent. Anyway, that’s the essence of this article.

The top scorers of AFCON and the Qualifiers since the competition started will be analyzed in this post.

To start with, what is AFCON? Literally, it means African Cup of Nations. It is a competition to ascertain the best footballing nation in Africa. Illustratively, AFCON is like the European Championship for nations in the African continent.

Now, let’s talk about the highest goal scorers in AFCON history.

AFCON Highest Goal Scorers Of All Time

SNPlayer NameAFCON GoalsNationalityPosition
1Samuel Eto’o18CameroonST
2Laurent Pokou14Ivory CoastST
3Rashidi Yekini13NigeriaST
4Hassan El-Shazly12EgyptAM
5Patrick Mboma11CameroonSS
5Hossam Hassan11EgyptST
5Didier Drogba11Ivory CoastST
8Ndaye Mulamba10Democratic Republic of CongoMID
8Joel Tiéhi10Ivory CoastST
8
Mengistu Worku
10EthiopianFW
8Dos Santos10TunisiaSS
8Kalusha Bwalya10ZambianFW
13Manucho9AngolaST
13Abdoulaye Traoré9Ivory CoastFW
13André Ayew9GhanaST
16Ahmed Hassan8EgyptST
16Asamoah Gyan8GhanaST
16Pascal Feindouno8GuineaWF
16Seydou Keita8MaliMID
20Flávio7AngolaST
20Roger Milla7CameroonST
20Taher Abouzaid7EgyptAM
20Ali Abo Gresha7EgyptMID
20Osei Kofi7GhanaFW
20Abedi Pele7GhanaAM
20Frédéric Kanouté7MaliST
20Jay-Jay Okocha7NigeriaMID
20Benni McCarthy7South AfricaST
20Christopher Katongo7ZambiaST

In a nutshell, from the chart above, Samuel Eto’o is the highest goal scorer in AFCON history with 18 goals to his name. No wonder he is the most decorated African Footballer.

Late Laurent Pokou of Ivory Coast is the second-highest goalscorer in the competition’s history with 14 goals.

Notably, Ndaye Mulamba of DR Congo is the highest goalscoring midfielder on the list. He has 10 goals to his name in the competition’s history. This is an incredible achievement given his position.

Mali’s Seydou Keita should also be lauded for his 8 goals in AFCON history.

Highest Goalscorers in AFCON Qualifiers History

SNPlayerAFCON Qualifiers GoalsPositionNationality
1Mohamed Salah16Right WingerEgypt
2Knowledge Musona15Attacking MidfieldZimbabwe
3Getaneh Kebede14Centre-ForwardEthiopia
4Stéphane Sessègnon14Attacking MidfieldTunisia
5Issam Jemâa13Centre-ForwardTunisia
6El Arbi Hillel Soudani12Right WingerAlgeria
7Abdul Razak Fiston11Centre-ForwardBurundi
8Islam Slimani10Centre-ForwardAlgeria
9Vincent Aboubakar10Centre-ForwardCameroon
10Khama Billiat10Second StrikerZimbabwe
11Didier Drogba10Centre-ForwardIvory Coast
12Riyad Mahrez9Right WingerAlgeria
13Jonathan Pitroipa9Right WingerBurkina-Faso
14Gervinho8Left WingerIvory Coast
15Alain Traoré8Attacking MidfieldBurkina-Faso
16Odion Ighalo8Centre-ForwardNigeria
17Christopher Katongo8Centre-ForwardZambia
18Ryan Mendes8Left WingerCape Verde
19Percy Tau8Centre-ForwardSouth Africa
20Mamadou Niang8Centre-ForwardSenegal
21Asamoah Gyan8Centre-ForwardGhana
22Férébory Doré8Centre-ForwardRepublic of Congo
23Geoffrey Massa8Centre-ForwardUganda
24William Jebor8Centre-ForwardLiberia
25Sadio Mané7Left WingerSenegal

Incredibly, Egyptian Mohammed Salah is the highest goal scorer in the history of AFCON Qualifiers with 16 goals. However, he’s not even in the top 20 highest goalscorers in the AFCON competition itself.

Nonetheless, Salah has a chance to stretch the lead further as he is still one of the few active players in the above chart. His record in the AFCON qualifiers will be so hard to break by the next generation of African footballers.

Of course, Salah would prefer to have Samuel Eto’s record of being the highest goalscorer in the AFCON competition itself instead of the qualifiers. To be candid, the record looks impossible for Salah to catch.

However, he can find joy knowing that he is the highest goal scorer in AFCON Qualifiers history for now and he has a chance to add to the tally before hanging his boots.

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